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YOUTH 
PROGRAM

SADC promotes engaged learning with a focus on creative practices and rigorous training in a welcoming community.
 

Our skillful teaching artists are committed to developing reflective and creative dancers who care about community and develop an awareness of the whole body and whole person.

Whether you are a teen just starting to dance, a child exploring movement and play, or a young person pursuing a dance dream, we welcome you to the SADC community.

Interim Youth Program Director: Jill Randall

Due to COVID-19, the Center is closed.  But we continue to dance virtually!

Winter/Spring 2021

Distance Learning

TWO 10-WEEK SESSIONS
Session A: Monday, Jan 4th - Sunday, Mar 14th (no class MLK Day)
Session B: Monday, Mar 15th - Sunday, May 30th (Spring Break Apr 4-10)
 
 

Fall Youth Showcase

Saturday, November 21 | 7pm
Livestreamed on SADC's Twitch channel

This is a showcase of work by the teen performance groups of SADC! Shawl-Anderson Youth Ensemble, Ballet Performance Group, Jazz Performance Group, Youth Performance Project, & YouthCo. 

The video will be available for a few weeks after the livestream for future viewing. 

CLASS SCHEDULE - Winter/Spring 2021
See class descriptions here
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New registration system! Check out the SADC Online Portal instructions here

CREATIVE MOVEMENT

Creative Movement (CM) classes for children age 3-8 focus on coordination, movement patterns, rhythm, class etiquette, and creative choices. We offer creative movement through ballet, modern and hip-hop. While each of these styles covers similar milestones, the differences lie in music, vocabulary, attire, and genre specific movements.

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BALLET

Ballet at SADC emphasizes proper technique, strength, musicality and expression through movement. Our program is designed to support beginning to advanced dancers; if a child or teen is excited about ballet, we are excited to teach them.  

 

Our faculty aims to move beyond stereotypes related to ballet, teaching children in a manner that is engaging, challenging and age-appropriate. We attend to the physical, intellectual and emotional development of each dancer based on current wisdom around care for the body and mind through dance practice.

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HIP-HOP

Hip-Hop classes at SADC start with hip-hop culture, history, and various forms and styles of hip-hop dance. Classes explore both the fundamental movement vocabulary as well as hybrid newer forms. Dancers learn to create and collaborate with classmates and to explore their own expressive voice through free styling and cyphers. Hip-hop is a vibrant form with rhythmic footwork, challenging floor moves, and stylized and specific gestures and arms. Hip-Hop at SADC gives students a window into the origins, history and evolution of various street styles that inform today’s contemporary and popular dance cultures.

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JAZZ

Jazz is a diverse form that is known for its strong dynamic energy, distinct vocabulary and stylized movement with roots in social dance and popular music. Jazz at SADC is based on contemporary movement with a classical jazz foundation. Class incorporates elements of ballet, which helps students build a strong technical base.  Technique is paired with choreography that cultivates an expressive emotional style. Jazz provides excellent training for aspiring actors and musical theater performers due to its performative and dramatic focus.         

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MODERN

Modern dance explores the concepts of space, time and energy. Improvisation and composition are paired with a rigorous technical foundation to build strength, foster creativity and encourage freedom of movement. Beginning level students explore the roots and basics of modern dance. As students progress, they engage with the more challenging and contemporary aspects of the form including floorwork, inversions, partnering, release, performance quality and more. Our staff attends to the physical, intellectual and emotional development of each student based on current wisdom and care for the body and the mind through dance practice.

SHAWL-ANDERSON DANCE CENTER 

510-654-5921 | info@shawl-anderson.org

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Monday-Thursday: 9am-9pm

Friday 9am-7pm

Saturday-Sunday: 9am-4pm

CENTER

2704 Alcatraz Ave

Berkeley, CA 94705

TEMESCAL ARTS CENTER

Youth classes only

511 48th St.

Oakland, CA 94609

SHOTGUN STUDIOS

Youth classes only

1201 University Ave

Berkeley, CA 94702

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